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Gerardo Parra hits rare homer in losing effort
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Diamondbacks outfielder Gerardo Parra went deep for the first time in two months Monday, in a 4-3 loss to the Tigers.

Parra, whose last homer came May 21, went deep in the sixth inning to tie the game. Unfortunately, that was his lone contribution to the effort, as he finished 1 for 4 with two strikeouts in the loss.

Parra has six home runs in 382 at-bats, and is hitting .251/.298/.356 overall. 

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Billy Hamilton homers in loss
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Reds infielder Billy Hamilton flashed some rare power Monday, albeit in a 5-2 loss to the Brewers.

Hamilton got the Reds on the scoreboard for the first time in the sixth inning, with a solo home run. He finished the game 2 for 4 overall with one run scored and one driven in.

Hamilton has six home runs in 94 games, and is hitting .281/.314/.424 in 349 at-bats.

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Hunter Pence stringing together multi-hit games
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Giants outfielder Hunter Pence put together another multi-hit effort Monday, his third in a row, in a 7-4 win over the Phillies.

Pence, batting leadoff, went 3 for 5 with a run scored. He also drove in two runs, one in the sixth with a single and another on a triple in the eighth inning.

Pence has raised his season line to .303/.360/.474, and is hitting .352 in the month of July. 

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Cody Asche's three hits not enough in loss
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Phillies third baseman Cody Asche put together a solid performance Monday, though it came ina  7-4 loss to the Giants.

Asche went 3 for 4 with three singles in the loss, just one night after he struck out in all four of his at-bats. He scored once in the loss.

Asche is hitting .256/.306/.401 in 227 at-bats on the season.  

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C.J. Wilson to simulate workload in bullpen
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson got through a 50-pitch bullpen sessions Monday, and will take the next step in his recovery from an ankle injury in the coming days.

Wilson will throw another bullpen session Wednesday according to MLB.com, this time simulating a couple of innings of work. He will try to test how the ankle responds to getting up and down between throwing, and could go on a rehab assignment shortly after.  

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Steve Tolleson going on paternity leave
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Blue Jays infielder Steve Tolleson is expected to be away from the team for the next few days, as he is headed to the paternity leave list Tuesday, reports SportsNet.ca.

According to the report, Tolleson is expected to take a three-day leave from the team, with Ryan Goins being called up to take his place. 

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Blue Jays recalling Aaron Sanchez, Ryan Goins
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Blue Jays plan to recall pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez and infielder Ryan Goins Tuesday, according to SportsNet.ca.

Sanchez is expected to pitch out of the bullpen for the Blue Jays, as he was converted to relief at Triple-A Buffalo. Goins' time with the team will likely be shorter, as he is being called up to cover for Steve Tolleson's paternity leave stint. 

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Michael Cuddyer cleared to begin working out
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer's left shoulder is healing as expected, and he has been cleared to begin a strengthening program, MLB.com reported Monday.  

Cuddyer had an MRI taken Monday to determine how the shoulder is healing, and it showed no structural damage as he works his way back from a fractured left shoulder. He will begin working out with an expectation of returning to action in mid-August. 

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Chris Young exits late Monday with hamstring issue
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Mets outfielder Chris Young was forced to leave Monday's game against the Mariners late, due to an issue with his left calf.

Young's calf began cramping up as he left the batters box on an eighth-inning groundout, and received treatment after the game. He is day to day heading into Tuesday's contest. 

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Justin Smoak sent back to Triple-A
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Mariners optioned first baseman Justin Smoak to Triple-A Tacoma Tuesday, in order to free up a spot on the active roster.

Smoak went 4 for 20 during his 11-day run with the Mariners since he was recalled. 

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